Lympstone picked up their first point of the season when the Joma Devon & Exeter League 2020/21 campaign returned, albeit in a reduced format to its previous self owing to a number of clubs having decided against taking part in the ‘restart’.
The Lympets did and they picked up a point in a 1-1 draw with hosts Clyst Valley on Saturday.
Lympstone boss Dave Fairweather is delighted to get his players back into action and also pleased with the way things are moving at the club.
He said: “I enjoy very much the working relationship I have with the chairman [George Webster]. He is one of those folk who task you with a job and allow you to get on with it, lock, stock and barrel.
“Indeed, in recent weeks, prior to getting the lads back, first into training and then into match action, I have been looking at elements of the clubs social media output.”
He continued: “The first season for me at the club was always going to be difficult, and that’s without the added problems the pandemic has brought to all things in life and sport!
“I must admit I was certainly not prepared for the problem of their not being a first team squad at the club when I arrived, but in a way that also helped as I decided, from the off, that I’d use it as an opportunity to observe and gain an understanding of how the club works etc.
“I am working hard to make a clear pathway from the clubs youth set up through and into the senior ranks.
“I want there to be very much a ‘single club vision’ about everything we do going forward.
“It’s not rocket science in terms of the running of a football club – the key aspect to make sure everyone buys into the ‘one club’ thinking and that youngsters who play in our junior teams know only too well that they have a pathway that can and indeed will, lead to them to playing in the senior teams.
“As for where we are in terms of the here and now, I’d have to say we are very much ‘work in progress’, but there is most certainly progress being made, on and off the pitch. Having said that, there’s plenty of hard work ahead!”
Lympstone are back in action on Saturday (April 10) when they make the short trip across to East Budleigh (3pm).